"Qatar Masters" Chess Tournament has started in Doha.
Idman.biz reports that Vugar Rasulov, a member of the Azerbaijan national team, defeated Shri Savitha (India) in the first round of the competition.
The Azerbaijan-India duel took place in three more matches: Read Samadov played to a draw with Manoj Jain, Gulnar Mammadov lost to M.Pranesh, and Khanim Balajayeva lost to Subramaniyam Bharath.
In turn, Ahmad Ahmadzada made peace with Suyarov Mukhammadzokhid (Uzbekistan) for the tournament.
Magnus Carlsen, the ranking favorite of the tournament, defeated the Indian L.Srihari and started the competition with a victory. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Anish Giri (Netherlands) also finished the first round with 1 point.